British Independent Film Award Most Promising Newcomer nominee, Marcus Rutherford made his screen debut as the lead in Jamie Jones’ feature film OBEY. The story follows a young man’s struggle in bettering himself against the backdrop of the 2011 London Riots, meshing real and staged footage of the events. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival winning Best Cinematography and has since received high praise from critics. Peter Bradshaw writing for The Guardian said “there is a strong central performance from Marcus Rutherford as Leon, a young man just out of care”.
For his performance in OBEY Marcus was also named “One to Watch in 2019” by the Observer and received three UK National Film Awards nominations: Best Actor, Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Newcomer. He was then nominated for the 2019 Screen Nation Film and Television in the Emerging Talent category. Marcus followed his success on OBEY by filming COUNTY LINES. This drama also starred Harris Dickinson and was directed by Henry Blake. Most recently, Marcus shot a recurring role on BULLETPROOF S2 opposite Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters.
Marcus discovered acting through the Nottingham Television Workshop, the BAFTA-winning charity dedicated to training young talent whose alumni include Vicky McClure, Joe Dempsie, Jack O’Connell and Samantha Morton.